Chamber Foundation

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The Chamber Foundation of Effingham County promotes education, social & civic awareness, and the strength in service organizations in Effingham County.

Chamber Foundation of Effingham County

The Chamber Foundation provides educational opportunities for youth and the workforce to build and strengthen personal and business capacity and foster a commitment to leadership and community development.

Bryson Wall

“I am very thankful that I was able to go through the application process for the Chamber Foundation Scholarship. The application questions really helped me to realize the great community we have and all the ways it supports us as young adults. During the interview process, I could tell that the interviewers cared about what I had to say. They were very interested in who I was and what I wanted for my future.

Receiving this scholarship has helped me continue my education at the University of Illinois as a Computer Engineer where I have been able to get involved in clubs and organizations that have similar ideals to the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce. I am currently involved in a consulting club that helps local and regional nonprofits strengthen their inner functions and outreach. Teaming up with organizations to help them get the most out of their operations fits very well into the mission of the Chamber. I would highly recommend applying for this scholarship opportunity!”

Bryson Wall

2019 Scholarship Recipient

Scholarship Program

The Chamber Community Scholarship Program provides $1,000 continuing education scholarships to area high school seniors and adults who are starting/continuing their secondary education. In addition to the Community Scholarship, The Jack Graham Scholarship was created in 2021 in honor of the late Jack Graham, a local entrepreneur. One $1,000 scholarship is awarded in Mr. Graham’s name to those going into healthcare, childcare, or a vocational trade

Since its inception in 1996, the Chamber Community Scholarship Program has awarded $245,000 to 207 recipients.

The scholarship program is for Chamber members, their employees & family, or any resident of Effingham County. Preference will be given to those attending Illinois colleges.

The number of scholarships given is based on the amount of sponsorship contributions received. Click here to become a 2024 sponsor.

Click here to apply for a scholarship. You will be redirected to the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation to complete your application.


Business Strong

Effingham County Business Strong Small Business Assistance Fund was established by the Chamber Foundation to provide timely and meaningful financial resources to businesses significantly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

The fund is intended to provide a bridge, a lifeline to assist with the long-term sustainability of the businesses applying for and receiving funding. The Fund is administered by the Chamber Foundation.

Business Strong

“The Chamber Foundation is dedicated to supporting local businesses, and the small business grant program is focused on providing a helping hand to Effingham based businesses financially impacted by the pandemic.”

Dr. Josh Bullock
Foundation Board President

Support the Foundation

Help support the Chamber Foundation of Effingham County by making a donation.

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